MoNY Timeline (Prehistory-993 A.D.)

So this is the first part of a timeline of most major events in my shared Gargoyles/TMNT verse. This particular part is light on TMNT or original stuff–although there’s a couple of bits there–so alomost everything here comes from episodes of Gargoyles itself, plus hints that Greg Weisman has made over the years over at Ask Greg, as compiled by the ever-useful Gargwiki. The TMNT events are accomodated based on my speculation and what I’ve gleaned from episodes.

So, without further ado, let’s get it on!
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Late Cretaceous Period.
* Sorcerer Savanti Romero is exiled into this time period by Lord Simultaneous.
* Renet takes the TMNT to this time period to stop Savanti, who plans to prevent the meteor that destroys the dinosaurs from landing on Earth.
* A wayward time portal temporarily whisks several dinosaurs and other beasts into the year 2105 A.D.
* The turtles are once again transported into this time period, this time by living computer virus Viral.
* Serling is accidentally transported here by his faulty Time Window.

C. 10,000 B.C. The Crystal Sun lands in the island of Y’Lyntius. Its use allows the Y’Lyntians to turn their civilization into the most powerful one in existence.

C. 9386 B.C.
* Y’lyntian rebels create The Praying Gargoyle in the hope of securing an alliance agains the Y’lyntian rulers.
* Y’lyntius is destroyed after an insurrection by rebel Y’lyntians and slaves. One group of survivors build a colony beneath what would later be New York.

C. 2400 B.C. The Sphinx is built in Egypt. The ancient Egyptians believe many of the Third Race, including Anubis, to be gods, and worship them.

2000 B.C. – 1500 B.C. Somewhere during this time, Jacob uses the Stone of Destiny for a pillow at Bethel, while fleeing from his brother Esau, and has a vision of angels.

1500 B.C. – 1000 B.C. The Exodus chronicled in The Bible takes place. Moses entrusts the Stone of Destiny to Gathelus and Scota, who take it from Egypt – or, according to a different story, takes it from Egypt himself.

1290 B.C. Daidalos and Hephaistos create the first version of the Talos robot.

C. 1230 B.C. Around this time, Theseus slays the Minotaur in Crete.

753 B.C. Rome founded by Romulus. At some point between now and the reign of Caesar Augustus, the Olympians retreat to New Olympus and seal themselves off from the outside world.

585 B.C. Jeremiah and Tamar Tea Tephi bring the Stone of Destiny to Ireland, where Tamar weds Eochaid.

A.D. 1. By this time, gargoyle beasts have all become incorporated as members of gargoyle clans.

A.D. 10. The Roman Magus, at the bidding of Caesar Augustus, casts the “Spell of Humility” over the entire gargoyle race, causing their garments to turn to stone with them in the daytime.
Cu Chullain lives in Ireland at about this time, and battles the Banshee with the Hound of Ulster, a gargoyle beast. He also splits the Lia Fail.

A.D. 300. A demon called the Shredder attacks Japan. The emperor commissions five warriors to stop him. The demon possesses one of the five warriors, Oroku Saki who then goes on to conquer much of Japan.

A.D. 300-305. The foursome who would later become the Ninja Tribunal travel the world in search for knowledge that would help them defeat the Shredder. One of their many teachers is the Daimyo of the Battle Nexus.

A.D. 305. Oroku Saki’s former partners return to Japan to do battle with him. Saki is defeated, but not killed, and is sealed inside a casket and separated from his items of power.

A.D. 306. Nobuo is born in Japan. He is taken in and raised by the Ninja Tribunal.

A.D. 325. Hisomi Shishō of the Ninja Tribunal; Nobuo, his acolyte; the time-travelling gargoyle Brooklyn; and a Japanese gargoyle clan defeat The Shredder’s earth elemental and protect the village that would later be known as Ishimura.

A.D. 400. Nokkar arrives on Earth and sets up his base on Easter Island.

485. Arthur Pendragon born.

500. Fergus and his people leave Ireland and found the kingdom of Dalriada. They take the Stone of Destiny with them. Fergus lends it to Merlin and King Pelles. Arthur pulls Excalibur from the Stone of Destiny.

September 29th. Arthur is crowned King of Britain.
During Arthur’s reign, Peredur fab Ragnal achieves the Holy Grail and becomes the Fisher King, and Nimue imprisons Merlin in the Crystal Cave.

521. December 7th. Columba is born in County Donegal, Ireland.

542. The Battle of Camlann, at which Arthur is mortally wounded. He is taken away to Avalon and placed in an enchanted sleep within the Hollow Hill, to be awakened when Britain most needs him.

565. St. Columba tames the Loch Ness Monster.

597.
June 9th. St. Columba dies at Iona.

642. Peredur founds what will become the Illuminati Society around this time.

843. Kenneth mac Alpin becomes the first High King of Scotland.

878.
March. Hudson hatches at Wyvern Hill.

914. The Archmage born.

922. Culen born.

932. Kenneth II born. His mother, Maol Chalvim’s second wife, dies in childbirth.

936. Queen Katharine born.

938.
March. Goliath, Demona, “Othello,” “Desdemona,” “Iago,” “Brooksbro”, and “Hyppolyta” hatch at Wyvern Hill.

943. Maol Chalvim I becomes King of Scotland.

954. Maol Chalvim I dies. Indulf usurps the throne, holding Queen Katharine hostage. Prince Malcolm born in Edinburgh Castle.

956. Princess Elena born.

957. Hakon born.

958.
March. Brooklyn, Lexington, Broadway and “Schnozz” hatch at Wyvern Hill.

962. Prince Malcolm escapes from Indulf, with Robbie’s help. Indulf is forced to abdicate and go into exile in Ireland with Culen. Duff becomes King of Scotland. Maol Chalvim II born.

966. The Magus born. Mary born within a few miles of Wyvern.

967. Culen returns to Scotland to win back the Scottish throne. King Duff betrayed and slain at the Battle of Gaine; Culen becomes King of Scotland. Prince Malcolm and his family flee to northern England; death of Queen Katharine. Kenneth III born.

971. Constantine III born. Prince Malcolm is introduced to Hudson and the Wyvern Clan by Robbie. With the clan’s help, Kenneth II overthrows Culen and becomes King of Scotland. Prince Malcolm begins building Castle Wyvern. The Archmage comes to live at Wyvern for the first time, and within five years enters Malcolm’s service and takes Demona on as his apprentice.

972. Finella born.

975.
November 1st. Using the Phoenix Gate, Goliath, Demona, David Xanatos, Petros Xanatos and Fox come back in time from the year 1995. Demona immediately uses the Gate to disappear again. Xanatos saves the life of Princess Elena of Normandy. He is rewarded with a coin, which he gives to the Norman Ambassador, a fellow member of the Illuminati Society. The 1995 Goliath encounters the 975 Hudson. The 975 Demona is studying under the Archmage as his apprentice. He instructs her to steal the Phoenix Gate from Princess Elena, which she does. But then she is confronted by the 1995 Demona and Goliath. After a brief trip for all three to 994, the 975 Demona returns them to her time and winds up on the outs with the Archmage. She breaks the Phoenix Gate in two and gives half of it to the 975 Goliath at the wedding of Malcolm and Elena. Meanwhile, all the 1995 participants return to their own time.

976. Princess Katharine born at Castle Wyvern. At some point between now and 984, Princess Elena dies.

978.
March. Bronx, “Kermit” and “True” hatch at Castle Wyvern.

982. Gillecomgain born. The Magus becomes the Archmage’s apprentice.

984. By this time, the Archmage attempts to depose Prince Malcolm, but fails and is driven into exile. He returns to attack the Prince and poison him; Hudson, Goliath, and Demona face him at his cave. Hudson is blinded in one eye, and abdicates as clan leader in favor of Goliath. The Archmage falls into a chasm, seemingly to his doom, but is actually rescued by his future self.
At some point between now and 994, Prince Malcolm dies and Princess Katharine succeeds him to the rule of Castle Wyvern.

985. Bodhe born.

986. Tom born.

988.
March. Last rookery of eggs laid at Castle Wyvern. Sometime between now and 994, approximately half of the gargoyles move and establish a separate clan elsewhere.

990. By this time, a human wizard in Mesoamerica has created the Mayan Sun Amulet and the four pendants that it powers. Using these items, Mayans and gargoyles (ancestors of the Mayan Clan) have started watching over the rainforest around Chac Ixchel.

993. Iago deceives Othello. He is later banished from the clan for one year.

Gargoyles Re-review: Episode 1.02: “Awakening: Part Two”

“Pay a man enough, and he’ll walk barefoot into hell.” — David Xanatos

Story by Eric Luke and Michael Reaves
Teleplay by Michael Reaves
Original air date: October 24, 1994

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The Journal, Excerpt 1

The following excerpt is the first entry in April and Casey’s journal, found and read by Karai and Chaplin on September 8, 2108.

Oct. 13, 2009

Dear, diary… at least, that’s what I’d write if I were still fifteen. Twenty-nine-year-olds don’t keep diaries, I’m told; they keep journals. As if that’d make any difference.

So yeah. Dear Diary, April writes in defiance. Screw everyone else.

I’ve always wanted to keep a journal diary. I remember my creative writing teacher, Mrs. Isringhausen, telling me it was an excellent resource for aspiring writers, and it became one of those things that I promised myself I’d do, much like backpacking through Europe or becoming a teacher in some South American country—and like those, it’s something that kept falling by the wayside.

And then I died, which has a way of putting things in perspective.

What’s that, diary? How can I be writing this if I died? Well, it’s not as uncommon as you’d think—it happens to a handful people every day. Very occasionally, it happens to everyone on Earth. But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, I have to tell you something else about me, dear diary: after thinking about it yesterday, I’ve decided that I no longer believe in God.

The statement sounds strange coming from a person who’s seen demons and lower-case gods, and was faithfully raised in the finest Irish Catholic tradition. And yet, all those experiences only made me realize that even if that there is an capital “g” God, he (or she, or it) is probably not at all like the one I learned about in church. In any case, God was something I didn’t think about too often—which I guess makes it all the more ironic that I am one of the few people with definite answer to—with apologies to Mr. Adams—life, the universe, and everything.

It began two days ago, dear diary, at noon. Casey and I had been watching TV when we saw a news item on four turtles present during the robbery of a high-tech facility. We called the guys, obviously, and they told us that it wasn’t them, and that they would handle it. We heard nothing about them until yesterday, when we saw the Technodrome cut a path of destruction through Manhattan—but I’m getting ahead of myself again. The following is all stuff we learned after the fact, once the turtles had a chance to fill us in on what happened.

As it turned out, the turtles on the news reports were not actually the guys—not really. Rather, they were the turtles from another dimension—one with its own version of the Shredder, Splinter, and apparently, me (I was told that I’m a reporter in that world, making the time I posed as one strangely apropos—the other-me even wore a jumpsuit similar to the one I wore that day). That universe’s Shredder had transported himself and “his” turtles to our world, and had decided to rescue “our” Shredder—the alien one—believing that they could work together as allies. Instead, our universe’s Shredder (with some help from Karai, apparently—Leo was tight-lipped about what exactly her role was, and at this point, anything’s possible with her) took over his counterpart’s mobile fortress (the aforementioned Technodrome, although I’m told that the original looked significantly less threatening), and proceeded to attack with an army of mutants.

However, that’s pretty much normal for us—I believe the turtles call that “Saturday night”. The important bit is a discovery that the Shredder (ours) made, which he then shared with the guys: our universe is nothing but one in a series of infinity of universes (which we knew), all unified by the presence of…well, turtles.

So yeah: Leo, Don, Raph and Mikey are apparently the foundation underpinning our existence. Sounds more like science fiction than any sort of theology, but there it is. If only the Pope knew…

More importantly, it appears that all universes stem from one single universe— “Turtle Prime”, the Shredder called it. If it or its turtles are destroyed (I’m not entirely sure how that works—will our universe cease to exist if they die from natural causes?), the entire multiverse collapses with it—a pretty scary thought, particularly since it almost happened. After the Technodrome left our universe, we eventually saw how, little by little, our universe disappeared into white—part of the Shredder’s plan to destroy all life. Eventually, it caught up to us, and I died.

Obviously I’m fine now—the whole multiverse is—but that doesn’t alter the fact that for about twenty minutes (according to the turtles) I didn’t exist. During this time I saw no heaven, no hell, no white light—when I “returned” I just felt as if I had awakened from a sleepless dream, a second after I’d disappeared. Which means…what?

After the turtles defeated the Shredder—they told me he’s gone for good this time, although I suspect they don’t really believe that either—they returned to our universe and filled us in on what happened. Now that the crisis is over and I’ve had time to think on it…I don’t know. It seems weird to think that the universe actually revolves around the guys. I know it’s not their fault, but it makes it hard for me to think of them as just “the guys”.

Of course, they’ve had it hard too. Losing your home—again!—and figuring out how important you really are has to be hard. The guys haven’t really talked about it, but I can see it eating at them, particularly Don. I hope they’ll pull through—they always have.

In about twenty minutes we’ll be heading out to Casey’s grandmother’s for a well deserved break. After that…who knows? Splinter’s told me he wants to stay there for a few weeks to meditate, and it seems that Raph may stay there as well. Don will be bunking with Serling at Leatherhead’s. Mikey doesn’t seem to have made any plans, and will be staying at our place (joy…). As for Leo…he hasn’t said anything about what his plans will be; he told me that Karai has also offered to house them, although I don’t know if he’s taken her on her offer. I don’t know how long those arrangements will last but if they do, it’ll be the first time they haven’t lived under the same roof.

And us? Well, Casey doesn’t seem to have let the events of the past few weeks faze him—he says that it’s all to heavy for him, so it’s not worth giving himself a headache for (really, sometimes, I think he’s really the smartest out of all of us); he’ll just continue being a husband/part time mechanic. As for me, I’ve got some more thinking to do. Lately I’ve been feeling that, Casey and the guys aside, I’ve been coasting ever since I got fired from Stocktronics. Now that I have a second lease at life, I intend not to waste it. I’ve already begun doing one of those things I’ve always wanted to (hello, diary!), now I just have to find out what I really want and do it.

Sincerely,

April O’Neil

Family Tree: O’Neil-Jones

So this is the first part of the family tree detailing how the O’Neil-Jones family will look like by 2198. I’d finished the original version more than a year ago, but have since revised it as new episodes of TMNT aired. As you can see, it’s not quite complete, with lines on the Dun side of the family that lead nowhere. While I’ve completed that part of the (and yes, it’s important), I decided to not include it here, as doing so would have taken too much time, make the whole thing look way more cluttered than it already is, and because I’m lazy :P. Still, expect that on a future post.

As for the blank or nameless squares, those are left like that in case the Mirage comic or any other official incarnation ever decides to actually name these characters; when they do, I’ll amend the tree. If those names have already been established, or if you find the chart too unintuitive, just let me know, ‘kay?

Notes:

* 2178 Casey Jones is a girl. Just to make that clear.
* The dashed line between spouses (such as Darius Sr. and Dana Gates) indicates that the couple eventually divorce.
* As for the dashed line connecting Shadow to Casey and April…that’s a secret–although one readers of the TMNT Mirage comics should figure out with little trouble.

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TMNT Re-Review: Episode 1.01 “Things Change”

“I gotta tell ya, this has been one mondo bizarro day.” –Michelangelo

“Things Change”
Written by: Michael Ryan
Original Air Date: February 8, 2003

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Posting frequency.

Just to let that amorphous mass collectively known as “y’all” that I’ll be slightly altering my posting frequency, from “every other day” to “Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays”; not only does it mean I have less to post, it makes it easier for me to keep track of when and what to post. F.Y.I.

Since I have nothing more to say, I’ll just leave you with a pic I whipped up with GIMP. It’s not the most greatest thing ever–I’ve only been tinkering with the program for about a month, and I’m still figuring out my way around it–but I’m satisfied with it. The characters are, of course, from the TMNT official character models found in 4Kids’ sadly-stalled TMNT Blog (slightly altered in the case of Chaplin), while the background is from Gargoyles–guess where. On that note, special thanks to DTaina for making it (the background) available on her site .

Lies, Epilogue 2 (of 2)

December 2002

He’d noticed her sitting on the bar the minute he’d come in; with a waist like that, it had been impossible not to. Her first thought at seeing her was the instant belief that she was yet another perfect, unattainable woman. That he had been able to get her attention, and better yet keep it, seemed nothing short of miraculous. Of course, as it turned out, that was all a lie. Everything had been a carefully orchestrated drama directed specifically for his benefit. And for what? He still wasn’t sure.

To his surprise, he was no longer mad—any anger that he’d felt had apparently exhausted itself during that last conversation. Now he merely felt numb.

“How may I help you?” The waitress asked, bringing Joshua back to the present. She spoke in a too-cute tone that Joshua found insufferably artificial. Another orchestrated drama—at least this one wore that fact on its sleeve.

“One black tea, and one peach tea.”

“Black and peach tea? Okay!” she said cheerfully. As she left, Joshua noticed a man come inside the restaurant. He looked like any salaryman, except for his tiny (even for Japan) stature, and the fact that no salaryman would be seen outside of the workplace at this hour. He scouted the room several times, looking over Joshua several times before realizing that it was he whom he was actually looking for, and sat down behind him.

“You know, I really wish you’d wear a name tag or something—just so I don’t have to waste time finding you every time we meet,” said the not-a-salaryman, in English, as way of introduction.

“And I really wish you’d choose a different place for these meetings. This one makes me feel like a total pervert,” Joshua responded, in kind.

“It has its benefits: people really don’t pay attention to other costumers when they’re too busy trying to see the waitresses’ underthings. In any case, let’s talk business, shall we?”

“Let’s. Thirty-four.”

“Thirty-two.”

“So I heard the raid at your workplace went south in a hurry,” asked the salaryman, who, as far as Joshua knew, was known only as Miyamoto.

“That’s an understatement. I’m sure the Society wasn’t expecting to lose five out of their six mercs—heck, no one was.”

“Yes, life’s funny that way. I’d say this one was one of God’s better jokes. In any case, do you have your report?”

Joshua opened his messenger bag and took out a file folder, which he handed over to Miyamoto.

“That’s my report on that whole mission, plus everything Karai ever told me about herself—although I don’t know how useful that will be. I looked at some of the information afterwards, and none of it checks out.”

“Did you ever suspect anything?” Miyamoto asked, as he went over the file.

“Not really. My fault—if a woman finds me attractive, I’m not going to jinx it by looking at her too hard.”

“I guess that’s understandable,” Miyamoto said skeptically. “Did she suspect anything?”

“No—certainly not. She never found any of my ‘special’ files, and when last we talked, she definitively believed I was who I said I was. I’m pretty sure me being her target was just coincidence.”

“Good. I’ll get my men on her. Whoever she really is, you’ll know by the end of the week.”

The waitress arrived with the two cups of tea. “Peach,” said Miyamoto, with a smile that chilled Joshua to the bone. “You remembered.” He dunked his teabag into the water until it became fully opaque and began drinking. “By the way, you’ll be glad to know that the mission was a complete success. We’ve obtained the specs for the cloaking technology, and our man on the police force tells us that the only suspects are the mercenaries. Nobody connects you to any of it.”

“Good to hear. I wouldn’t want to have spent all those months for nothing.”

“Really,” Miyamoto said, as he looked over the various pictures of Karai Joshua had included in the file. “I’d hardly consider spending time with this beauty ‘nothing’. In any case, you’ll receive a call with your next set of orders in a month or so—along with the info on this Karai person. You have until then to get your affairs in order.”

“Understood.”